Early on, the stage was set for Rosamund Pike to pursue a career in the performing arts. Born to two opera singers, Rosamund had a front row seat to familial emoting. She tried her hand at both music and acting, but a bout of stage fright while playing the cello forced Rosamund to recognize that she really didn’t want to play herself on stage—she was much more interested in playing other people, where her imagination was free to roam and explore. “Acting was like diving into a place where you actually felt alive, where things felt real.”
Soon after finishing college, Rosamund got her first break as a Bond girl opposite Pierce Brosnan in 2002’s Die Another Day. But playing Miranda Frost—the “epitome of icy English blondness”—in your breakout role has its drawbacks. For years, Rosamund was cast in similarly cold and confident roles, and she longed for the opportunity to do more. Enter director David Fincher, who saw something unique in Rosamund. He offered her the role of Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, and her breathtaking performance earned her a slew of awards and new opportunities to evolve as an artist in films like A United Kingdom, Hostiles, and now her latest film playing slain journalist Marie Colvin in A Private War. Her deep dive into the Marie’s life led to an intensity that was as fulfilling as it was terrifying. "You are trying to trick your brain into getting to a place where you are out of control, and that is a scary place.” But as Rosamund explains, she’s waited her entire life for the opportunity to disappear into somebody else, and in A Private War, she does just that.
Rosamund joins Off Camera to talk about her fascination with human emotion, the elaborate plan she concocted to meet with David Fincher for Gone Girl, and her intimate knowledge of bone saws.
Jack Reacher star Rosamund Pike joins host Robin Milling to discuss her role opposite Tom Cruise as an attorney defending a criminal who just might be an innocent man.
Rosamund tells Robin her chemistry with Cruise was immediately there. In fact she felt so comfortable with him she dared to tell him to keep quiet during her audition; a bold move which she says won her the role.
Their easygoing banter on screen was the result of watching classic slapstick movies together like His Girl Friday. One of the challenges, Rosamund admits is the scene where she had to act opposite a shirtless Cruise!
Next Rosamund tries her hand at comedy; something she says she'd like to do more of, starring opposite Simon Pegg inThe World's End.
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